Houston area mother dead after she shoots, kills her 2 daughters

Husband survives shooting, pleaded for daughters lives

FORT BEND COUNTY, Texas – An officer was forced to fatally shoot a woman Friday afternoon after she killed her two daughters at a house in Katy.

“This is sad knowing a good family and this is what happened,” neighbor Fazz Zainuddin said.

Investigators with Fort Bend County Sheriff's Office said Christy Sheats, 42, shot and killed her daughters, Taylor Sheats, 22, and Madison Sheats, 17.

When officers arrived at the home on Remson Hollow Lane and Blanchard Grove Drive at about 5 p.m., they said Christy Sheats was still holding a gun. Her daughters were lying in the street nearby.

“The cops were behind the trees and behind the cars, and they told the mom to put the gun down and obviously she did not,” Zainuddin said.

With one shot, a Fulshear police officer killed Christy Sheats, Fort Bend County Sheriff Troy Nehls said.

“She walked towards the body, I think Madison, already on the ground and I guess the cop was afraid that she was going to shoot her again,” Zainuddin said.

Deputies said her husband, also the victims' father, watched the brutal killings.

“He heard the dad say, 'Don't do this. They're our kids,'” Zainuddin said.

Investigators said one daughter died at the scene and the other was flown to a hospital, where she later passed away. Their father wasn’t injured but was still taken to the hospital.

“He was going through a very difficult time,” Nehls said.

Deputies had visited the home in the past, investigators said. Neighbors said the parents may have been having marital problems.

According to Facebook, Taylor Sheats attended Lone Star College and loved to draw.

Madison Sheats was a student at Seven Lakes High School. She once wrote on her Facebook wall, “Moms and dads are a promise from God that you will have a friend forever.”

Investigators and neighbors are still trying to piece together what started this tragic incident.

“The mother was nice. You wouldn't expect it if they told you this is what was going to happen,” one neighbor said. “I don't think anybody, at least a sane person, would do that.”

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